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Kent State Presents Its First Young Business Scholars Summer Program

Young Business Scholars Program
The Young Business Scholars Program is a business-
focused camp for high school students.

Kent State University held the 2011 Young Business Scholars Summer Program on July 24-29. The business-focused camp for high school juniors and seniors was presented by the university’s College of Business Administration.

The top 25 applicants to the Young Business Scholars Program stayed on campus for five days and learned about business and experienced college life.

Students studied different areas of business, including accounting, business management, computer information systems, economics, entrepreneurship, finance and marketing. The participating students also gained hands-on experience through their application of classroom learning.

“It is a great opportunity for high school students,” says Elizabeth Sinclair, assistant dean of Kent State’s College of Business Administration. “They pay only $50 and get to stay, be fed, learn and play on our campus for one week.”

Participants attended lectures by Kent State faculty representing all functional areas of business and worked in teams and competed in developing a business plan for a restaurant. A panel of judges determined the winning presentation, and each member of the winning team received $1,000 toward tuition if they attend Kent State to study business.  

Students came from many different area high schools including Kent, Stow, Hudson, Hoban, Cuyahoga Falls and Nordonia.

“We’re very pleased that we reached our capacity for this first-time program,” Sinclair adds. “We’ll examine the evaluations from this year as we move forward with plans to offer this wonderful opportunity for high school students next year.”

For more information on Kent State’s College of Business Administration, visit

Posted Aug. 1, 2011 | Bob Burford

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Tackling Tornado’s Aftermath in Alabama

Football Clinic
The Kent State group held a football clinic at Holt High
School in Alabama for a group of underprivileged kids
who were displaced by the tornado.

On Sept. 3, the Kent State University Golden Flashes football team takes the field in Alabama for the season opener against the Crimson Tide. But setting aside the future rivalry, a group of five members of the Kent State community made a recent trip to Alabama to help with relief efforts caused by a devastating tornado that ripped through Tuscaloosa on April 27.

Kent State players Spencer Keith, Ishmaa’ily Kitchen, Lee Stalker and Jacquise Terry, along with Alan Ashby, Kent State’s assistant athletic director for communications, traveled to Alabama on July 21-24. Coordinating their trip with the American Red Cross and the Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa organization, the student-athletes and Ashby spent two days working on a Habitat for Humanity house in Holt, Ala., for a family displaced by the tornado and volunteering at the City of Tuscaloosa’s McAbee Volunteer Center. In addition, the Kent State group held a football clinic at Holt High School for a group of underprivileged kids who were displaced by the storm.

“Our players were excited to go down and lend a helping hand in the Tuscaloosa community,” says Kent State head football coach Darrell Hazell. “What life really boils down to sometimes is being able to help those in need. These four young men represented the Kent State community well.”

The Kent State players also met with Alabama coach and Kent State alumnus Nick Saban, ’73, M. Ed. ’75, who led the Crimson Tide to a national championship in 2009. Saban and his wife, Terry, ’74, M. Ed., ’77, also a Kent State alumna, have pledged $50,000 from their Nick’s Kids Fund to Project Team Up to help rebuild homes in a nearby town devastated by the twister. Saban’s players and staff have pitched in to aid with the relief efforts as the town struggles to recover.

“On behalf of the entire American Red Cross organization and the people of Tuscaloosa, I thank you and your student-athletes for your spirit of volunteerism,” wrote Bev Leigh, development director with the American Red Cross of West Alabama chapter, in an email to Ashby.

To read daily updates from Ashby and see photos from the trip, visit

Posted Aug. 1, 2011 | Emily Vincent

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Kent State Dedicates the New Math Emporium

The Math Emporium
The Math Emporium will launch this fall.

Save the date for Sept. 13 at 4 p.m. as the university dedicates the Kent State University Math Emporium. The Math Emporium is a state-of-the-art learning center launching this fall. Kent State faculty and staff members are invited to the ribbon-cutting ceremony and dessert reception at the Math Emporium, which will be located on the second floor of the University Library.

The introduction of the Math Emporium is an example of how Kent State is dedicated to the success of its students. Basic math skills are an essential foundation for many courses of study and necessary for students’ overall academic success in college. The university has developed a specialized learning experience to equip students with the mathematical knowledge they will need on their path to graduation. At the Math Emporium, students will learn through an innovative, engaging and easy-to-use program designed to help them become comfortable and proficient in basic mathematics.

For more information on the Math Emporium dedication, contact Lashonda Taylor at x22235 or

Posted Aug. 1, 2011 | Emily Vincent

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Kent State Earns Six Awards from Educational Advertising Competition

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University Communications and Marketing won a silver
award for the newspaper advertising series “I Can Do
That” for the College of Public Health.

University Communications and Marketing earned Kent State University six Educational Advertising Awards from the Higher Education Marketing Report. This is the largest educational advertising competition in the country.

Dan Karp, executive director of creative services at University Communications and Marketing, is quite pleased with the recognition from the report, but he says the clients’ approval brings him the greatest joy.

“It's always encouraging to be recognized by your peers and these recent awards represent an impressive collection of work, but our greatest satisfaction comes from the success of our clients who are our colleagues from the departments, colleges and schools of the university,” Karp says.

The team won a silver award for the newspaper advertising series “I Can Do That” for the College of Public Health. Bronze awards were given for the “Experience for Life” advertising series and for the total public relations programs to Celebrate Centennial: Kent State In Its 100th Year. Finally, the team won three merit awards for Kent State’s Season of Celebration Card, the university’s redesigned website and the single spot television ad for “Experience for Life.”

The awards are judged by a national panel of higher-education marketers, advertising creative directors, marketing and advertising professionals and the editorial board of Higher Education Marketing Report. They had more than 2,500 submissions to sift through this year, but Karp says Kent State rose to the top due to the abilities of the department’s team.

“The UCM team is incredibly talented and it shows in the work; I can’t wait to see what we do next,” Karp says.

For more information on the Higher Education Marketing Report, visit

Posted Aug. 1, 2011 | Jaime Ramos

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Changes in the University Library: The Collection Move Project

Kent State University Libraries
The Kent State University Library has been undergoing
many changes during the summer.

The Kent State University Library has been undergoing many changes during the summer. Here is a brief summary about the collection move project. The collections in the University Library that are moving are the current and bound journal collections as well as half of the book collection. The second floor of the library was cleared by May 1 to make room for the construction of the Math Emporium. The fourth floor of the library also has been cleared for expanded student seating and other services.

Half of the library book collection will be housed in permanent off-campus storage. These books remain part of our collection and can be requested through KentLINK for next day circulation. The books that remain in the University Library have been shifted to the seventh, eighth and ninth floors. The current and bound periodicals have returned to the library and are being moved to the fifth and sixth floors. The journals from the Math/Computer Science library and the bound journals from the Chemistry/Physics library also have been moved to fifth and sixth floors of the library. The entire move will be completed by Aug. 1.

For more information, please contact Tom Klingler, assistant dean for Technical Services and Systems, at Kent State’s University Libraries, at

Posted Aug. 1, 2011

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